2017 May

2ndEdinson Volquez strikes out 9 but walks 8 as Tampa Bay takes advantage of his historically uneven outing to beat the Marlins, 3-1.  Volquez lasts just 4+ innings and, according to Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first starter since 1900 to strike out at least 9 and walk 8 batters in less than 5 innings.

Jay Bruce slugs a 1st-inning 2-run homer and a 9thinning grand slam, but it is not enough as the Mets fall to the Braves, 9-7.

Aaron Judge hits a pair of homers as the Yankees go deep 5 times in a 12-5 win over the Blue Jays. Judge now leads the majors with 12 homers.

6thThe Orioles trade P Damien Magnifico to the Angels for P Jordan Kipper.

7thGiancarlo Stanton hits a pair of homers to lead the Marlins to a one-hit, 7-0 win over the Mets. Rene Rivera’s 6th inning single off Jose Urena is New York’s only safety.

The Orioles shut out the White Sox, 4-0, in the 2,000th regular season game played at Camden Yards. It is the 9th straight victory for a team hosting its home park’s 2,000th game, dating back to the 2,000th game at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium in 1995.

The Cubs score 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning off closer Aroldis Chapman to tie the Yankees and send the game into extra innings. New York bounces back with a run in the 18th to win, 5-4. Chicago become the first team since 1913 to use 3 pitchers as pinch-hitters in a game. A ML-record 48 batters strike out in the contest.

Leading by one run heading into the 9th inning, the Red Sox score 10 times and go on to defeat the Twins, 17-6. Sandy Leon hits a pair of 2-run homers and Chris Sales strikes out 10.

Five Cleveland pitchers combine to hold the Royals to one hit in the Tribe’s 1-0 win. Salvador Perez’s 4th-inning double off Mike Clevinger is KC’s only safety.

8thThe Cubs trade backup OF Matt Szczur to the Padres for P Justin Hancock.

9thThe Mariners trade P Casey Fien to the Phillies for cash.

10thAt Marlins Park, the Cards whip the Fish, 7-5, to sweep a three-game series. Prior to that they swept three games from Atlanta to start their six game road trip. Remarkably, it is the first time in Cards history they had swept a trip of at least 6 games.

13thThe White Sox edge the Padres, 5-4, despite a HR on the first pitch of the game by SD’s Manuel Margot. The Padres’ Matt Szczur performed the same feat the day before in SD’s 6-3 win over the Sox. It is the first time since 2008 that a team has hit a HR on the first pitch to its first batter in consecutive games.

The Twins send OF Danny Santana to the Braves for P Kevin Chapman and cash.

14th    The Angels defeat the Tigers, 4-1, as Mike Trout hits the 179th HR of his career, and steals his 149th and 150th bases. At age 25, he becomes the youngest player in ML history to reach the 150 mark in each category. Alex Rodriguez did so at age 26.

The Astros beat the Yankees, 10-7, in the second game of their DH. George Springer hits a homer to start the game, then hits another to lead off the 2nd inning. He becomes the 4th player since 1961 to hit round-trippers to lead off each of the first 2 innings of a game, joining Chad Curtis (1995), Stan Javier (1999) and Manny Machado (2015). Prior to the first game, the Yankees retire Derek Jeter’s uniform #2.

15thYuli Gurriel starts the scoring for Houston with a 6thinning grand slam as the Astros roll to a 7-2 win over the host Marlins.

16th    The Yankees beat the Royals in KC, 7-1. C.C. Sabathia gets the win, the 226th of his career and the 121st in road games. He now holds the modern ML record among 200-game winners for the highest percentage of career wins coming on the road—53.5%. Bob Gibson held the previous mark of 53.4% (134 of 251 career wins).

17thThe Astros shut out the Marlins, 3-0, as AL batting leader Jose Altuve hits 2 doubles and 2 triples for Houston. It is only the 13th time in ML history that the rare combination has occurred, and the first time since 2005. Lance McCullers (1-0) throws 6 shutout innings.

18thThe Indians sell second sacker Michael Martinez to the Rays.

19thThe Rangers defeat the Tigers, 5-3, for their 10th win in a row. Each of the 10 wins has been earned by a different pitcher. No other team in ML history has ever compiled a winning streak of 10 or more games in a single season, with each win going to a different pitcher.

Starter Paolo Espino of the Brewers finally makes his ML debut against the Cubs going 4 innings as the Brewers win, 6-3. Espino spent 11 seasons, making 291 appearances and playing for 26 different teams in the minors; the righty was selected in the 10th round by the Indians during the 2006 amateur draft.

The White Sox edge the Mariners, 2-1, in 10 innings as Jose Quintana (8 innings) and David Robertson (2 innings) limit Seattle to a single hit—Danny Valencia’s 2nd-inning triple.

20th    In a swap of first basemen, the Cardinals send Matt Adams and cash to the Braves for Juan Yepez.  Adams is expected to fill in for the injured Freddy Freeman.

The Diamondbacks send P Enrique Burgos to the Braves for cash.

The Tigers hit back-to-back-to-back HRs in the 1st inning and go on to end the Rangers’ 10-game winning streak by a score of 9-3. Alex Avila, Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez connect off starting pitcher A.J. Griffin for Detroit.

Seattle starter Yovani Gollardo gives up 10 runs in less than 3 innings and serves up 2 homers to Avisail Garcia in the Mariners’ 16-1 loss to the White Sox. Garcia drives in 6 runs. Mike Pelfrey wins his first game in a Sox uniform.

The Pirates beat the Phillies, 6-3, behind Ivan Nova, who doesn’t allow a walk in 7 1/3 innings. In his first 20 starts for Pittsburgh since arriving in a trade from the Yankees, he has surrendered just 7 walks. It is the lowest total of free passes for any pitcher over his first 20 starts for a team since the pitching distance was set at its current 60’6” in 1893. The previous “record” was set by Hal Brown who walked 8 in his first 20 starts for the Houston Colt .45s in 1963.

22nd   The Astros edge the Tigers, 1-0, as Brad Peacock, Chris Devenski, Will Harris and Ken Giles combine to limit Detroit to one hit. Mike Mattock’s 3rd-inning single is the Tigers’ only safety.

The Braves beat the Pirates, 5-2, as Ender Inciarte goes 5-for-5 for Atlanta. Brandon Phillips hits his 200thcareer homer. With 200 stolen bases, he is the 48thmajor leaguer to reach the mark.

23rd   The Nationals crush the Mariners, 10-1, behind Joe Ross. In his last 4 games this season, Washington has scored 14, 15, 23 and 10 runs behind him. That total of 62 runs is the highest for any pitcher over any four-start span in the modern era (since 1900). St. Louis scored 64 runs over 4 starts for Ted Breitenstein in 1895.

24thThe Pirates down the Braves, 12-5, in 10 innings. David Freese, Jose Osuna and Jordy Mercer hit back-to-back-to-back HRs in the 10th for Pittsburgh. It is only the 3rd time in MLB history that a team has hit 3 consecutive homers in the 10th inning or later. The Twins turned the trick in 1964 against the Athletics, and the Royals did so in 2002 against the Rangers.

25thThe Red Sox defeat the Rangers, 6-2, in the process tying an ML record by striking out 20 Texas batters in the 9-inning contest. Craig Kimbrel fans 4 batters in the 9th inning, joining A.J. Burnett, Zack Greinke and Chuck Finley as the only ML pitchers to have struck out more than 3 batters in an inning more than once. Finley performed the feat 3 times in his career, and the others twice.

The Astros edge the Tigers, 7-6, as Ken Giles gets the save for Houston. It is the 50,000th save in the ML since 1969, the year that saves became an official statistic.

26th    The White Sox trade OF Ryan Raburn to the Nationals.

Today marks the first day in ML history on which at least 15 games were played with not a single sacrifice bunt.

27th    Today is the first day in ML history, since 1876, that no team scored more than 6 runs on a day on which at least 16 games were played—a total of 703 such days.

The Nationals shut out the Padres, 3-0, as Stephen Strasburg strikes out 15 batters. In doing so, the Nationals ties the NL record for most strikeouts—44—over 3 consecutive 9-inning games. The ML record is 45.

The Yankees edge the Athletics, 3-2, behind CC Sabathia. He becomes the only hurler, active or not, to own a .500-or-better winning percentage against as many as 28 of the 30 current MLB teams. Randy Johnson possessed the old mark with a .500-or-better mark against 27 of 30 teams.

The White Sox and Tigers split a doubleheader with Tyler Danish beating Detroit 3-0 in the opener, and Buck Farmer trimming Chicago 4-3 in the nightcap. It is the first time since 1989 that both starting pitchers each earned their first ML victory in a DH.

28thThe Rays beat the Twins, 8-6, in 15 innings. Logan Morrison and Evan Longoria hit back-to-back homers to give Tampa Bay the win. It is just the third time in ML history that a pair of players hit back-to-back HRs in the 15th inning or later.

The Dodgers send 2B Darnell Sweeney to the Reds.

29thTrailing, 8-2, the Astros erupt for 11 runs in the 8th inning and go on to defeat the Twins, 16-8. It is the first time the team has trailed by 6 or more runs in the 8thor later and come back to win. They failed 921 times.

In a 3-0 Nationals win over the Giants, a brawl breaks out when reliever plunks Bryce Harper with a pitch in the 8thinning. Harper charges the mound. Strickland will get a 6-game suspension, Harper 4 games. The bad blood goes back to 2014 when Harper hit 2 homers in the Playoffs against Strickland.

At San Diego, Hunter Renfro connects for a grand slam in the 4th, off Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks (4-3), and the Padres go on to beat Chicago, 5-2.

Trevor Bauer strikes out 14 in 7 innings and the Indians beat the visiting A’s, 9-4. Four Tribe pitchers combine to strike out 19, tying a franchise record for a 9-inning game.

30thThe Red and White Sox rack up a football score as Boston beats Chicago, 13-7. Boston hits 5 homeruns, 2 by Deven Marrero, who drives in 5 runs. Bogaerts hits a homer among his 4 hits. Chris Sales allows 10 hits in 5 innings but records a win. Matt Davidson is fitted for a platinum  sombrero, striking out 5 times. He matches the mark of the Phillies Odubel Herrera of the Phils who wiffed 5 times on the 24th.

Starter Dinelson Lamet (2-0) goes 5 innings striking out 8 in his second start as the Padres beat the visiting Cubs, 5-2. He is the 14throokie to strike out 8 or more batters in his first two starts. Tanaka was the last pitcher, in 2014, and Ralph Comstock, in 1913, was the first. Batterymate Austin Hedges has a double and a homer to drive in 4 runs.

31stThe Mets drop a 7-1 decision to the Brewers and after the game Mr. Met is caught on tape flipping the bird to a group of fans. Actually, the mascot does not give them the finger since he has just four. The Mets will issue an apology for their frustrated mascot.